While at Inside Edge last night, I was asked if I was “out” on the Twins. Oh, definitely. Although they had a bit of a midseason resurgence, they’ve absolutely collapsed once again and have at times become borderline unwatchable. I feel this must be the worst Twins team I’ve seen since the ‘90s and I didn’t even have cable to watch them.
The game started innocuously with an RBI double from Abraham Almonte in the 2nd, a Max Kepler homer in the 3rd, and a Carlos Santana solo bomb in the 4th as the Indians had a 2-1 lead. However, Pat Dean ran into trouble in the 5th with allowing a solo home run and then loaded the bases with two walks and a single. J.T. Chargois was summoned to close out the inning but he just poured more gas on the flame by giving up an RBI single, two-run double, and a sac fly to suddenly make it 7-1.
The Twins did rally in the last two innings thanks to a two-run homer from Brian Dozier and a wild pitch in the 9th that scored Eddie Rosario, but ultimately the poor 5th inning was too much for the Twins to overcome.
WP: Corey Kluber (15-8)
LP: Pat Dean (1-5)
S: Bryan Shaw (1)
Brian Dozier (1-for-4, BB, HR, 2 RBI), Jorge Polanco (3-for-4, 2B), Ryan O’Rourke (3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 K, ate innings)
Pat Dean (4 1⁄3 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 0 K), J.T. Chargois (2⁄3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K, allowed all three inherited runners to score), Miguel Sano (0-for-4, 3 K), Juan Centeno (0-for-3, 2 K)